The driver whose car struck a 3-year-old girl and dragged her 200 feet in Fox Lake last week did not have a valid her driver's license because it was revoked in 2005, secretary of state records show.
Pamela Simone, 36, backed out of her Fox Lake driveway Tuesday and hit Skiler Wright, who was playing with some pebbles near or in the road, authorities said. Simone then drove her 1999 Dodge Intrepid down Arlington Road before witnesses forced her to stop and lifted the car off Skiler, authorities said.
According to the secretary of state's office, Simone's driver's license was revoked in 2005 after two speeding convictions, three citations for driving with a suspended license, and one citation for driving without insurance.
Skiler remained in critical but stable condition Sunday in Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she is expected to recover, but she could suffer from seizures due to brain trauma and will need extensive reconstructive surgery, said her parents, Raymond and Crystal Wright. She also may have a fractured jaw, her father said. Doctors are slowly trying to wean her from some of the pain medication.
"She is in a lot of pain, but she is being a little trooper," Raymond Wright said Sunday. "She has been asking for mommy and daddy and she knows who people are, so that is a good sign."
After being airlifted to the hospital, Skiler had immediate brain surgery to remove gravel that had penetrated her brain, Raymond Wright said.
On Monday, doctors plan to evaluate the reconstructive surgery she will need on her head, shoulder and possibly right pinky finger, he said.
Lake County prosecutors have not charged Simone in the incident. But she is in DuPage County Jail on unrelated charges: two outstanding warrants, including a 2006 felony obstruction of justice charge and a 2005 domestic battery charge, officials said.
Raymond Wright said he forgives Simone, who he calls a friend, and hopes that what happened will serve as a lesson.
"If you are not supposed to be doing something, then don't do it," he said. "I am more upset with her than I am mad at her. This is going to tear two neighbors apart who were at one time very, very close."
Before the crash, Skiler already suffered from medical conditions that forced her to eat through a feeding tube
, including kidney and stomach reflux and problems with her pituitary gland, her mother said.
Donations to help cover medical bills can be made at any National City Bank branch in the name of Skiler Anne Grace Wright.